RDA Illawarra welcomes the Australian Government’s decision to retain funding for key infrastructure projects in the Illawarra following publication of findings from the Infrastructure Investment Review.

These projects include the Mt Ousley Interchange, Picton Road upgrade and Picton Bypass as well as M1 improvements between Bulli Tops and Picton Road.

“These projects were included in the Illawarra-Shoalhaven City Partnership proposal, championed by RDA Illawarra, so it is fantastic that they will continue to be funded by the Australian Government,” RDA Illawarra CEO Debra Murphy said.

The review resulted in the federal de-funding of 50 infrastructure projects across Australia, including car parks, highway upgrades and fast rail.

Nationally, 400 projects will still be funded by the Australian Government, including transformative infrastructure in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven. A further six NSW projects will gain additional funding from the Australian Government, though none are in the Illawarra.

Further south, federal funding will continue for the Nowra Bridge and Milton-Ulladulla Bypass as well as planning for the Nowra Bypass. A further $40M has been confirmed for a Shoalhaven Roads package.

“The Australian Government has retained its commitment to the $120 billion pipeline of infrastructure projects and we hope that the State Government will be in a position to maintain its joint commitment to the projects in our region,” Ms Murphy said.